I have picked two of my favorite movies for this weeks Throwback Thursday. These movies are funny, sensitive and thoughtful. They also have both been remade into films that are silly, inane and ridiculous. Both are about large families and based on memoirs written by family members.
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) stars Lucille Ball (Helen North), a military widow with eight children and Henry Fonda (Frank Beardsley), a Naval officer widower with 10 children. Van Johnson is perfect as their mutual friend that knows these two belong together. Their courtship is charming, but when they realize their situation, they try to avoid each other. It becomes apparent that they have already fallen in love, so they blend their families. The organization that goes into a household of 18 children is amazing as is the patience and unconditional love. It takes a little time, but the kids finally bond to become one family. Tim Matheson, Gil Rogers, Morgan Brittany and Tracy Nelson all grew up to be familiar faces.
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) stars my favorite, Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb as Lillian and Frank Gilbreth, efficiency experts and industrial engineers. They used many of their efficiency theories on their eleven children. The problems they deal with are not that different from the ones we face today (social media excepted) and they are creatively solved. The movie also explores the discrimination that Lillian faced as a successful woman in a man’s industry. This film also has the strong underscore of the love between the parents and the love and respect they have for their children. The sequel, Belles on Their Toes, shouldn’t be missed either.
Fried Bologna sandwiches would be perfect to eat while watching these movies on a Sunday afternoon. The movies are currently are available on Amazon Prime for streaming.